Natural Surroundings is owned and managed by Anne and Simon Harrap.
Our mission at Natural Surroundings is to champion wildlife, especially our wonderful wild flowers, and to promote wildlife-friendly gardening. We hope that we help and encourage our visitors to ‘give nature a home’ throughout the year. Naturally, we also want to promote an interest in British wildlife, to celebrate plants, and to help people to appreciate and enjoy the countryside.
Anne was born in Sheringham in Norfolk and was a pioneer of wildlife gardening and founded Natural Surroundings in the late 1980s at a time when it was far from fashionable. Anne left the business in 1994, working for ‘Survival Anglia’ and then as an author (The Great British Wildlife Hunt) and garden designer, as well as raising our daughter Eleanor. Another of her greatest achievements was to win Best Courtyard Garden and a Gold Medal at the Sandringham Flower Show in 2009. She returned to Bayfield in 2013 to run the plant propagation and plant sales, and then in September 2014 the wheel turned full circle and Anne was back at the helm full-time.
Simon has had a long career as a tour guide for the British bird-tour company ‘Birdquest’, taking groups to south and east Asia, Madagascar and southern Africa. Between times he has written several books, including Tits, Nuthatches & Treecreepers, Where to Watch Birds in Britain, RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds, Harrap’s Wild Flowers, Flowers of the Norfolk Coast, Flowers of the Norfolk Broads and, with Anne, Orchids of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide. Simon also runs a series of wildlife walks and workshops for Natural Surroundings and is the tutor for the Field Studies Council’s weekend course on the ‘Orchids of South East England’ based at Box Hill in Surrey (see https://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/jh/wild-orchids-of-south-east-england-1-81287. He has been involved in manageing Holt Lowes, an enternationally important area of heathland and bog, and is a member of the River Glaven Conservation Group.